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Are your players familiar with every adventure title out there? Can they recite the details of every module? Here are 1001 Awesome Adventure Titles to provide interesting and evocative titles for your own adventures!

1001 Awesome Adventure Titles

The adventurers, restive after weeks of enforced inactivity (and finals), have gathered, eager to begin their next quest. In the past weeks, they have studied the legends that they might follow up on and the tales of lost treasure whose truth they might investigate.

Garin: I'm thinking we're going to go Into Ormin's Keep. It is famous, or perhaps notorious might be the best word. *and the adventure just came out last month*

Kalthros: No, too obvious. It will be something we don't expect. Perhaps investigating the Mysteries of Blood Tower. *That's an oldie but a goodie*

Lyry: We've been poking around castles and towers too much lately. I think our next adventure will involve the Secrets of the Twisted Swamp. *also, I saw our GM looking at that one in the store last week.*

Jarmak: I don't like swamps. They're for frogs.

There is a smothered giggle. Jarmak glares around the table, but his companions all look grim and serious.

GM: Sorry I'm late. It's been one of those days. I couldn't help overhearing your speculation. For the next few sessions, we'll be doing In Search of the Bronze Orc.

There is confusion and muttering around the table. What's with bronze orcs? Where does this even happen? And particularly, why couldn't anyone read up on this one in advance?

GM: Everybody ready? Pass me some of that pizza, would you, and let's get started.

Welcome to the "1001 Things" collections

Whether the simplest one-session modules or the most complex adventure paths, RPG adventures have always had interesting, evocative titles. They set the scene and the tone for what comes next, at least in the GM's head even if the players never know them. Tombs and expeditions, quests and castles, the intriguing names have become as famous as their contents. There is no reason why a custom-written adventure should have any less than a store-bought one. And for a GM staring at a blank piece of paper waiting for inspiration to strike, a look over a list of possible names can be exactly that inspiration.

What is The Treasure of the Hungering Geyser? How can a spouting pool of water be hungry in the first place? And if it is, how does it eat? Wait for prey to fall in? Let's see, it's not precisely the geyser itself, it's a creature from the elemental plane of water that lives in it. It calls its prey with a mental lure, like sort of a psionic siren, that affects animals only nearby, but can be heard by intelligent beings a mile or more away. Unable to either leave its pool or return to its world, it keeps killing, and stores the treasure it gathers in one of the underwater chambers of the geyser. Adventurers will need to avoid being lured into the boiling water, determine what is going on, fight both the elemental and any creatures it has lured to guard it, and then locate and retrieve that treasure.

You can undoubtedly do better with that concept; that paragraph is just the result of a minute or two of throwing together some ideas the title inspired. And there are a thousand more of those, all ready to spark ideas for adventures of your own, ones that don't come off a rack in a store.

No more boring names or lack of inspiration; with 1001 Awesome Adventure Titles to choose from, you'll be ready to come up with something new every game!

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